DGs: where do human rights fit in?

As the International City of Peace and Justice, The Hague is home to the International Criminal Court (ICC). With over 120 signatories, the ICC is one of the few global bodies holding governments accountable for their actions.

Yet according to Amnesty International “the world witnessed a rollback of human rights” in 2017. It stated that “women’s rights took a nosedive” in many countries, while there was a simultaneous rise in xenophobia and discrimination towards minority groups.

Of the One Young World Ambassadors surveyed, 69% have witnessed a human rights violation in their country, and nearly half had personally suffered from one. To combat this One Young World Ambassadors are leading initiatives which have impacted on 137,723 people in tackling inequalities and providing new opportunities for disadvantaged groups. A further 207,774 people have been educated and engaged by One Young World Ambassador projects in building more peaceful and inclusive societies.

The SDGs seem all encompassing and 90% of the goals are linked to human rights, underpinned by the fundamental commitment to “leave no one behind”. But with the state of global politics in 2018, could more be done to reflect human rights more explicitly in the SDGs?